Michael Wagner

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Best Chefs America Names South Florida's Finest

    In an age when most people read electronically, Best Chefs America is a bit of a throwback. For now, it's available only in a hardbound edition ($75, available online at, but the recently published book is both beautiful and useful. The book lists nearly 4,700 of the best chefs ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Lola's Hosts Lolapalooza 2010 Benefit

    ​This Sunday, from 4-7 p.m., Lola's on Harrison St. in Hollywood is hosting the second annual Lolapalooza. The event, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida, brought in 250 people last year and raised $1,000.This year, Lolapalooza expects close to 500 folks to show up. T ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Saturday: Slow Food Extravaganza, Featuring Chefs Daniel Ramos (Market 17) and Michael Wagner (Lola's on Harrison)

    Kevin Krejci​In appreciation of food that doesn't come from a Sysco truck, comes Saturday's Slow Food extravaganza. It features Daniel Ramos of the soon-to-open-in Fort-Lauderdale Market 17 and local celebrity Michael Wagner, as well as bees, worms and yoga. Check out the deets: What: Growing G ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    East Coast Versus West Coast Beer Dinner at Lola's on Harrison

    Portland, Maine's Shipyard Brewery has us shouting "East Siiiiide!"​East Coast represent, son!On one side, you've got the big, bold flavors of aggressive hops and extreme vertical malts. On another, you've got the creative blends of old-world styles kicked up with American ingenuity. That's the so ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    South Florida's Hottest Chefs: the Calendar (Plus Q&A with Charlie Soo of Talay Thai, a.k.a. Mr. September)

    FacebookCharlie Soo from Talay Thai, now aptly named "Mr. September."​ recently rolled out a calendar featuring a dozen of South Florida's hottest chefs. We won't tell you our favorite (but we do have one!), so you can judge for yourself.By "hottest," the calendar creators didn't fac ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Coca-Cola BBQ Beef Ribs From Lola's on Harrison

    ​As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to 2: Coca-Cola BBQ Beef Ribs From Lola's on HarrisonBoutique restaurant Lola' ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Food Event on the Radar

    ​• Himmarshee Bar and Grille and Whole Foods are like two peas in a pod. The pair are teaming up yet again for a beer dinner on April 26 that will feature local and national craft brew. Sample masa-crusted Chimay cheese along with local Holy Mackerel ale, maple-chipotle braised pork belly with D ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Food Events on the Radar

    Joe WoolfTaverna Opa's gone wild...​• Lirim Jacobi's chain of raucous Greek eateries, Taverna Opa, is debuting its newest location tonight at the Dolphin Mall in Miami (11401 NW 12th St.). With it comes belly dancers, napkin tossing, and a sound-system that would make any MIA nightclub jealous. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2009
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    November 20, 2009

    Food & Wine's Top 10 Under $12 Have South Florida Equivalents

    Food & Wine showcased their 10 Best Restaurant Dishes under $12 in this issue, and -- wouldn't you know it -- none are from Florida. It's getting to be a pretty common occurrence when America's Dangling Unit gets left off any of these glossy mag "best" lists. But that doesn't mean we don't have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Lolapalooza, Low 'n' Slow Holiday Drive, Turkeys at the Biltmore

    ​We've all got a lot to be thankful for: The recession is over (supposedly), the world is still spinning, and Glenn Beck's communist appendix finally escaped its dank cell. Hollywood eatery Lola's on Harrison has a pretty good list too: Michael Wagner and company are going into their third season ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Terra Madre, Boston's Birthday, Lola's Cooking Demos

    ​I know many of you were looking forward to celebrating Festivus this year, but Slow Food has an even better winter holiday to take part in. Terra Madre Day is being held around the world on December 10 with the basic goal of celebrating food diversity. The grassroots campaign is asking its member ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Swank's Swanky Greens

    Photo by Bill CitaraI stopped by the Lake Worth farmers' market recently and ran into Jodi Swank, whose (with husband Darrin) Swank Specialty Produce is to the trash at your local supermarket what a Bugatti Veyron is to skateboarding with square wheels.  She'll be at the market on J Street at L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Two Slow Food Event Reminders

    Tonight (Tuesday Feb. 17) from 5:30 to 7:30, Chef Michael Wagner and Slow Foods Glades to Coast team up for A Slow Winter's Night at Lola's on Harrison, where they'll be hosting a mini mixology workshop (and yes, you get to drink the exhibits). Wagner and his team will be mixing locavore cocktails w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Slow Booze at Lola's

    Get lit without guilt at Lola'sTo celebrate their recent Golden Spoon Award for Best Place for a Cocktail, Lola's on Harrison, in downtown Hollywood, is teaming up with the Glades to Coast Slow Food Chapter on February 17th for a night of locavore mixology and finger foods. Cost is $25*** for cockta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Michael Wagner has a Beard (named Lola)

    No, not that kind of beard. It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world these days fer sher, but at least we can take comfort in comfort food, and nobody does it with quite the panache of chef Michael Wagner of Hollywood, one of a handful of chefs invited to create a spread for the James Beard House ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    October 23, 2008

    Tastes Like Childhood

    Comfort foods bring autumn home.

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008

    Last Man Standing?

    For restaurants in a recession, it's survival of the fittest

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    February 28, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
  • Dining

    September 13, 2007

    Heaven's Kitchen

    At Lola's, chef Michael Wagner has your back